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One year on the air

Friday, February 5th, 2010

It’s been just about a year since this blog went “on the air“.   In that time, almost 2000 people have “visited”, from over 75 countries.  I don’t go out of my way to promote this blog, and these numbers are tiny in comparison to the most widely read blogs.  Still, it’s very, very rewarding.  Thank […]

Web user interfaces should scale

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Over the years Web user interfaces have become more flexible, more refined, and more dynamic, but one thing that annoys me is:  too many of them do a bad job of adjusting to different window sizes and font sizes.  I think that’s something to which we should all pay more attention.

Continuing on the TAG

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

I am delighted and deeply honored that Tim Berners-Lee has appointed me to serve for another two years as chair of the W3C  Technical Architecture Group (TAG).   The TAG is the senior technical body responsible for the World Wide Web. Also in the official announcement is word that Dan Appelquist of Vodafone will be joining […]

Lotus Notes 1.0 was released 20 years ago today

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Ed Brill has a post noting the 20th anniverary of the announcement of Lotus Notes 1.0.  Today is also the 25th anniversay of the founding of Iris Associates, the company set up by Ray Ozzie, Tim Halvorsen and Len Kawell to to create notes.

Greg Pfister on Intel’s announcement of a 48 core experimental chip

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Greg Pfister has a terrific post on Intel’s announcement of a 48 core experimental “Single Chip Cloud Computer”.  Apparently this thing has shared memory, but no cache coherence —  building software for this won’t be easy.  According to Greg, this will (unlike Larrabee) be manufactured in very small quantities for experimental use.

W3C TPAC Presentation on HTML Extensibility

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

This morning I gave an invited talk at the 2009 W3C Technical Plenary (TPAC) summarizing the ongoing controversy regarding HTML 5 Extensibility.  The presentation files are available in .ppt, .odp, and .pdf formats in the W3C public archive.  Discussion welcome here.

A response to Neil McAllister on the Mobile Web

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Last week, Neil McAllister of InfoWorld wrote an article titled The Sad State of the Mobile Web Gets Even Sadder. The community badly needs careful and balanced analysis of the mobile Web, of the various platform-specific SDKs (such as the iPhone and Android SDKs), and especially of which models are likely to be good for […]

W3C Hosts Web Developer Gathering (Nov. 5, Bay Area)

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Approximately once a year, the W3C hosts a combined gathering of the many working groups that develop Web standards such as HTML, XML, Web Services, etc.   Traditionally, the attendees have been members of the working groups, who have the opportunity to visit each others’ meetings, etc.  This year, the W3C is adding a Thursday afternoon […]

Excellent tutorial on XML Schema (XSD) 1.1

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

A few weeks ago I noted that XML Schema 1.1 is now a W3C Candidate Recommendation.   Roger Costello has put together a terrific tutorial which starts with a quick overview of the new features and why they matter, and then goes into detail on how to use them.  He’s also put together some exercises.  Highly […]


Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Awhile ago I posted a pointer to Sam Ruby’s efforts to unify XHTML and HTML 5.  Indeed, lots of people have considered lots of ways of getting the best of both of these technologies, but the net result  is that W3C has now decided to focus exclusively on HTML 5 as the specification for future […]

XML Schema 1.1 is now a W3C Candidate Recommendation

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Many readers of this blog know that I was one of the original designers and editors of the W3C XML Schema Language Recommendation (XSD).  Since publication of version 1.0 in May 2001, a small group of us has continued to work on incremental improvements.  I am therefore delighted to announce that, a few days ago, […]

Greg Pfister’s “Perils of Parallel”

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

My good friend Greg Pfister is running an excellent blog about computer architecture called Perils of Parallel.  Greg describes it as: A blog about multicore, cloud computing, accelerators, Virtual Worlds, and likely other topics, loosely driven by the effective end of Moore’s Law. Greg is well known as a leading authority on cluster-based architectures, but […]

Sam Ruby on HTML Reunification

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Sam Ruby, recently appointed as co-chair of the W3C HTML Working Group, is starting to explore directions for unifying HTML 5 and XHTML.  For anyone who cares about Web technology or HTML, Sam’s posting is highly recommended.  There’s also a very interesting discussion going on in the comments section.

40 Years of Internet RFCs

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Steve Crocker has a nice piece in yesterday’s New York Times reflecting on 40 years of Internet RFCs. 

Is Microsoft positioning Oslo as an XML competitor?

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

James Clark, one of the co-inventors of XML, has an interesting blog posting on his week spent working with the Oslo team at Microsoft. 

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